The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has raised the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination (the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). The passing standard has been revised from -0.16 logits* to 0.00 logit beginning April 1, 2013, with the implementation of the 2013 NCLEX-RN Test Plan. The new passing standard will remain in effect through March 31, 2016. *A logit is defined as a unit of measurement to report relative differences between candidate ability estimates and item difficulties.
NCSBN indicated that after consideration of all available information, the NCSBN Board of Directors determined that safe and effective entry-level registered nurse (RN) practice requires a greater level of knowledge, skills, and abilities than was required in 2009 when NCSBN implemented the current standard. The passing standard was increased in response to changes in U.S. health care delivery and nursing practice that have resulted in the greater acuity of clients seen by entry-level RNs.